Date Night Ideas That Aren’t Eating or Drinking


When was the last time you and your special someone did something fun? Other than heading to a bar/restaurant, like you might do every week, take advantage of what Chicago has to offer! From rock climbing to a day in the spa, the city offers a fun way to switch it up for everyone! 

If you want to have fun while also exercising, look no further than Brooklyn Boulders! This state-of-the-art rock climbing gym offers several ways for you to enjoy this unique experience, such as a Day Pass for their indoor rock climbing or even one of their yoga classes. With locations in West Loop and Lincoln Park, this is a great way to spend some time together and mix things up!

Have you ever wanted to create some beautiful art while enjoying your favorite drink? Color Cocktail Factory in Pilsen gives you the opportunity to express your creative side in many ways – from painting pottery to painting glass, soap making to candle making, and even ceramic workshops to painting your own pet. Enjoy a wonderful date full of art while also enjoying their BYOB policy, which always helps the creative juices flow!

Couples massages are an excellent way for you and your date to relax and spend some time together! Head over to Massage House in Lincoln Park, and take advantage of their offerings for couples – a 60 minute session with their special massage oil and side-by-side massage tables, or a 90 minute session which includes hot stones. Both options take a couple to a special state of relaxation they will both enjoy!

Piva Beer Spa in Noble Square lets you enjoy beer in a whole new way – a beer soak! They have 4 available couples packages – all of which include time in the sauna, a soak in a beer that exfoliates and clears skin, and a beer mask to enjoy in their Relaxation Room. Session packages range from bronze to platinum, with the latter including a 60 minute massage and time in their Salt Room!

Take your special someone and your creativity to this unique outing that lets you spray paint on an empty canvas, BYOB, and even take home a piece of art from other artists on their communal wall! Studio W.I.P in Humboldt Park is the perfect spot for those who enjoy street art, and is a place where you can create your own whilst enjoying your favorite beverage! Their workshop gives an interactive experience curated by artists and staff of the studio that you and your date will gladly drink to!

The Great Escape Room in Streeterville lets you put your minds together in a timed environment. Voted the #1 Escape Room in the country, enjoy their combination-cracking and problem-solving in their innovative Escape Rooms, or follow clues in their Scavenger Hunt Rooms! You and your special someone can work together to escape a sticky situation; 2 brains are better than 1 after all.

Bowling is always fun, especially if it’s with a date! Find the right ball and knock some pins down at 10pin Bowling Lounge in River North. Happen to not like bowling? Play some ping pong, pool, and even shuffleboard while enjoying a drink from their extensive beer list. No matter the game, this bowling lounge is the perfect place for a casual night out of the house for you and that special someone.

Whether you’re trying to mix things up or just experience new things together, a couple who explores together stays together! Skip the bar and try something new with a special someone – you’ll be surprised how much fun it can be!

Written By: Megan Collins

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